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Director Asif Kapadia: ‘Diego and Maradona were two different people’

Film director recalls the long and rocky road to meeting the mercurial subject of his filmFootball is a huge part of my life. I was 14 when Diego Maradona scored the two goals against England – the hand of God and the wonder goal. Despite the first goa…

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Deadpool goes to Wrexham … wary footie fans ponder their star benefactors

The purchase of the north Wales club by two American actors provoked joy – and a little bemusementPalm-lined boulevards, sun-kissed beaches, celebrity-filled pool parties: these are not the images that come to mind on a damp November afternoon in Wrexh…

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Sunday with Vinnie Jones: ‘I put the kettle on and watch the deer and foxes’

The football hardman and actor on golf, fry-ups and chilling outAre you an early riser? I get up at 5.30am with the larks every day, mate. I put the kettle on and watch the deer and the foxes to keep an eye on what’s going on. First light is the best t…

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Joining the world’s first gay rugby team changed my life. So I made a film about it | Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

At school, the homophobic bullying was worst on the rugby pitch. But the Steelers helped me rediscover my love for the game – and myselfWhen I read Dan Palmer’s brave and honest coming out column in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, suddenly I was j…

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Joining the world’s first gay rugby team changed my life. So I made a film about it | Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

At school, the homophobic bullying was worst on the rugby pitch. But the Steelers helped me rediscover my love for the game – and myselfWhen I read Dan Palmer’s brave and honest coming out column in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, suddenly I was j…

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Joining the world’s first gay rugby team changed my life. So I made a film about it | Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

At school, the homophobic bullying was worst on the rugby pitch. But the Steelers helped me rediscover my love for the game – and myselfWhen I read Dan Palmer’s brave and honest coming out column in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, suddenly I was j…

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Joining the world’s first gay rugby team changed my life. So I made a film about it | Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

At school, the homophobic bullying was worst on the rugby pitch. But the Steelers helped me rediscover my love for the game – and myselfWhen I read Dan Palmer’s brave and honest coming out column in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, suddenly I was j…

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Joining the world’s first gay rugby team changed my life. So I made a film about it | Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

At school, the homophobic bullying was worst on the rugby pitch. But the Steelers helped me rediscover my love for the game – and myselfWhen I read Dan Palmer’s brave and honest coming out column in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, suddenly I was j…

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Gazza the movie: Paul Gascoigne biopic in the works

Producers seek actor to play the ‘good and bad’ in the life and career of the Newcastle, Spurs and England footballer is in pre-productionThe footballer Paul Gascoigne has confirmed that producers are searching for an actor to portray him in a new film…

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XFL gets Hollywood ending as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson group buys league

Former wrestler in deal alongside business partner Dany GarciaActor pays $15m for league billed as spring rival to NFLJohnson was a college football star at University of MiamiDwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s is set to add the title of professional sports l…

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Football’s first fa’afafine: trans rights trailblazer Jaiyah Saelua on stardom and sisterhood

Fa’afafine athlete and advocate Jaiyah Saelua, and Kaimana, the fa’afafine actor who will play her in Taika Waititi’s latest film, find shared celebration in a uniquely Polynesian storyJaiyah Saelua is a footballer first.The first openly transgender wo…

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Natalie Portman and Serena Williams’ daughter among new NWSL team owners

Star-studded group to launch new soccer team in LAAlexis Olympia Ohanian, aged two, among new ownersOthers in group include Mia Hamm and Jessica ChastainLos Angeles’ newest soccer team will have an eclectic group of owners, including an Oscar-winning a…

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Oronzo Canà set the pace in Serie A as an all-Italian Mike Bassett | Nicky Bandini

A 1984 Italian movie chronicles the tail-end of the innuendo-led era and, though it has a few dated scenes, it helped set an agenda in its own wayBefore Mike Bassett, there was Oronzo Canà. The former was a fictional English football manager, played by…

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David Squires on … Escape to Victory

Our cartoonist recalls one of football’s greatest blockbusters with a tenuous link to the second world warBuy copies of David’s cartoons at our print shopTake a look through his Guardian archive Continue reading…

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Kapil Dev, Tavaré and me: Bollywood brings India’s 1983 triumph to life

The unexpected World Cup final win against West Indies is celebrated in a new blockbuster. The Guardian’s Toby Chasseaud did his best to play his partAt the end of the season, just as I’m packing my kit away for the winter, I see an advert circulating …

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Former NFL player scoops Oscar eight years after predicting he would win award

Matthew A Cherry wins award for best animated shortFormer wide receiver dedicates award to Kobe BryantA former NFL player has won the Oscar for best animated short film eight years after predicting he would one day be nominated.Matthew A Cherry wrote a…

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Former NFL player scoops Oscar eight years after predicting he would win award

Matthew A Cherry wins award for best animated shortFormer wide receiver dedicates award to Kobe BryantA former NFL player has won the Oscar for best animated short film eight years after predicting he would one day be nominated.Matthew A Cherry wrote a…

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Footballers who share their names with film titles redux | The Knowledge

Plus: long-distance city namesake teammates, poor old Jon Macken, back-to-back Basque bosses and moreMail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Port Vale striker Leon Constantine appears to share his name with the titles of two films. Is he uniqu…

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Asif Kapadia’s Maradona documentary slices through the myth to show us the man

As an Argentinian growing up far from home, I clung on to the legend of our greatest footballer. Now I appreciate his lows as well as his highsDiego Armando Maradona’s life is a cliché, a rags to riches tragedy. He started as a poor boy with no filter,…

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Asif Kapadia’s Maradona documentary slices through the myth to show us the man

As an Argentinian growing up far from home, I clung on to the legend of our greatest footballer. Now I appreciate his lows as well as his highsDiego Armando Maradona’s life is a cliché, a rags to riches tragedy. He started as a poor boy with no filter,…